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    to be cut short

    If I simply said I hate it when Im cut short, would the listener understand clearly that Im referring to being interrupted while speaking, or would I have to say something like I hate it when Im cut short in mid-sentence?

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    Re: to be cut short

    Could I suggest simply "I hate being interrupted"?

    Otherwise, try "cut off" instead of "cut short."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: to be cut short

    Does it mean the expression to cut short is not very common in everyday English, or that in this case the other expressions are clearer?

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    Re: to be cut short

    A program is cut short. Remarks might be cut short.

    Because the televised game ran long, the news that evening was cut short.

    Because his schedule changed, the speaker cut short his remarks so he could make it to the airport on time.

    If someone interrupts you, he cuts you off.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: to be cut short

    And sometimes you can add '...in mid-stream/mid-sentence/mid-argument....'

    Depending on your accent, if you just say 'cut short' there's a [slight] risk that you might be thought to be having trouble with incontinence - 'I was caught short'.

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    #6

    Re: to be cut short

    Hum... I definetely wouldnt like to be misunderstood! Ill be very careful from now on!!! Thanks!

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